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Thursday, January 05, 2006

Netflix - Strong Clown Philosophy

My most prized Christmas gift this year (nudging out the Vermont Frost Heaves beanies) has been a Netflix account. Its awesomeness has exceeded my expectations. Not only does it fill the void that's left after unplugging the Dish, but the process of selecting movies has, astonishingly, become fun. It allows me to rate films, see reviews/ratings from friends, categories, easily view award winners and critics' picks, place movies in my queue that have yet to be released, preview films, and even provides recommendations based on my ratings and preferences.

I'm addicted to the easy to use rating system. At this point I've rated 910 movies. It's enabled me to better understand my movie tastes by causing me to think critically about the films that I've seen. As a goal, I'm attempting to rate every film that I've seen. It's a fun challenge and one that gets harder the further I go along. When rating the B-horror movie Killer Klowns from Outer Space (3 stars), I came across one of Netflix's other great attributes - reviews. This one is by member David Heffelfinger:

This movie is the finest cinematic piece of art ever created! Sure the movie sucks, but there is one performance by a young Zach Woods that sends this movie into the stratosphere. In my opinion Zach is part of the holy trinity of actors: Sir Lawrence Olivier, Willam Shatner (who deserves to be knighted!) and Zach Woods! His performance as Strong Clown brought tears to my eyes and filled me with hope for a better world. This movie has changed my life and now I attempt to live by the Strong Clown philosophy. Please watch this movie!

Ok, so I'm taking member reviews with a grain of salt. I'll keep you posted on how my ratings progress. Curious to see how many films I've seen in my life.

2002 Wired article on the Netflix effect
Manuel's Netflix Journal, which highlights issues with the company and its service

Minus the Bear - This Ain't A Surfin' Movie (Remixed by IQU).mp3


  • At 5:45 PM, Blogger K. said…

    Is that Jerry O'Connell? man was he good in Stand By Me.

  • At 8:18 PM, Blogger Isaac said…

    So glad to hear that you are enjoying the netflix account. Sounds like it is bringing even more joy to you then we had imagined.

  • At 10:04 AM, Blogger Flatlander said…

    The other nice part of using Netflix in VT is the distribution site in White River Junction. With the exception on one slow period last summer, the turnaround time has been great.

  • At 3:42 PM, Blogger K. said…

    What about Downstairs Video? Well I guess as long as you still go to the Savoy your ok ;)

  • At 6:13 PM, Anonymous nico said…

    Netflix is the awesomeness. I've been rocking that junk for around 4-5 years now. Welcome aboard.

  • At 3:47 PM, Blogger Elizabeth said…

    We enjoy having our son Peter and other friends on our friend's list with Netlix. Because of our connection to your bogs we are all watching Millions within the next couple of weeks. We will send you and invitation to our friend's list. Dewey and Elizabeth

  • At 11:11 AM, Blogger Flatlander said…


    I don't know if you have any kids or not but I know jds and I have little kids. I love the Savoy and do go to movies there and occasionally rent videos from them. However, with a two-year-old and a three-year-old, it is almost impossible to get to a video store to pick up a video and then get back to return it without getting a late fee. Netflix is a huge help for people with little kids.

  • At 5:31 PM, Blogger K. said…

    No kids for me. I can definitely understand it...I get late fees and don't even have an excuse! Arg. I would love to have the flexibilty and the selection of NetFlix. I am looking forward to seeing what JDS thinks along down the line.


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